How to grow a music ministry for school age children
Date: April 24, 2013
I serve a declining church. At one point, there was a good amount of families with children to draw from. Now, over the past few years, that number to draw from has declined. And, of course, those who are still around have commitments to music lessons, soccer, gymnastics and the list goes on and on and on.....so what to do? As a Music Director and one with a background in music ed, I believe it is so imperative to connect kids with music, but on a greater scale, connecting music along with faith. But how to get people in? I'm finding two major struggles. First is schedule. There's no easy way to solve that. Second is bodies. Right now, I'd be looking at maybe 5 in my K-3 chimes group and choir and 10 in my 4-8 choir and handbell group. Numbers-wise, I can do a good amount chorally, but with chimes, 5 kids, even if each are ringing 2 chimes, that's 10 notes. That's tough to make sound musical. And of course, the leadership of the church, and I think the church as a whole, expects that since I'm the "paid" full-time staff, it's my responsibility to magically make it happen. If not, I'm a failure. As I said to start this, my church is declining. Not in average age, but in average worship attendance, offerings, and pretty much everything else. And there seems to be no desire to change it. What I am looking for is ideas, insight in to how best to connect with kids in the community, or other ways to draw in people. I've encouraged kids to bring friends, and that hasn't brought much. I really don't want to go into being a gimmicky director, so that's not really my first choice. Any thoughts would help!
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